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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated 18 Oct 2019

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PRA Health Sciences CEO Colin Shannon
Colin Shannon
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  • "Benefits are very good - however work/life balance/PTO needs to be more competitive to attract top talent & experience (and retain)(in 39 reviews)

  • "Upper management has turned to caring more about numbers(in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company to work for. People are very friendly and management is very considerate. Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Lack of socializing activities/events. To be honest, i don't have any negatives about this company.

    PRA Health Sciences2019-09-02
  2. "Great workplace"

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    Current Employee - CTM in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great structure, support, IT systems

    Cons

    Higher pay wold be appreciated

    Advice to Management

    none

    PRA Health Sciences2019-10-16
  3. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Associate Clinical Data Coordinator in Swansea, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Flexible working hours - WFH available - Great managers - Great Team - The work is interesting - Progression is well laid out and achievable

    Cons

    - Work can be demanding

    PRA Health Sciences2019-10-11
  4. "Nice and friendly environment"

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate 

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supportive line manager and colleagues.

    Cons

    Requires to meet monthly site visit target.

    PRA Health Sciences2019-08-30
  5. "Good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good pension, healthcare, training

    Cons

    V metric driven, poor work load management, standard procedures sometimes more detailed than necessary, limited manager support

    Advice to Management

    Better management of workload and support for those with higher workload and project demands.

    PRA Health Sciences2019-08-13
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible culture and pay"

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    Former Employee - In House CRA in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good systems, nice people, organised FTE compared to where I now work, processes that were organised and made sense

    Cons

    IHCRA has little to no career progression, most people leave at roughly 1 yr as job is boring and easy to learn. This leads to high turnover of staff and bad environment. Pay was also terrible compared to industry and tiny incremental yearly increases are not enough.

    Advice to Management

    Same as always, career progression and higher salaries

    PRA Health Sciences2019-08-09
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not Worth It, Typical CRO"

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    Former Employee - Associate in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent salary, some WFH days (depending on dept).

    Cons

    Senior management have no clue, HR are absurdly reactive. Head of dept relies on subordinates (who are cushy in their jobs), people promoted way above their station and no relevant training given to those promoted... Too many people 'know somebody' - one department, basically the whole team was brough in just from senior person bringing the rest of their friends in. The job posting(s) were open and... applications even for experienced candidates were refused.

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    Advice to Management

    Learn the job of staff members on the 'shop floor'; I said to one manager (who was newly promoted) 'are you going to be helping out then' as a test, his smarmy remark was 'carry on'. Arrogant, no clue and didn't know the job or understand the role of subordinates. This particular person was promoted twice within a year and half from an analyst role to senior mgr (only because he was 'fully compliant with his... mgr') e.g. doing what the mgr wanted rather than think for himself. Awards won yearly don't mean squat at the end of the day. Maybe you should look at Medical Writing, where one colleague has described how overworked they are (unhappy and stressed, sometimes up until 2am to finish work and other late and long hrs). Also, stop giving out work to senior level people who are pressured to do the work, but don't say 'No'. Their other colleagues down below won't learn anything if the same type or group of people are given more work and look good for a dept, but you have a team to offload that work. HR are a joke, look at the number of people they have gotten rid of - they don't solve problems - only if they see an issue then people have either left or been dismissed without understanding actual events (no real investigations done). Just their lame policies which they don't uphold e.g. a mgr can harass a subordinate staff member, but when a manager runs to HR to complain, HR jump up to support the manager. When recruitment contact people initially they tell you can have a 'WFH remotely, it just needs to be written into your contract', yet when some people asked for this in one dept they were shot down immediately, with one mgr saying 'it would affect your work' regardless of whether down to Head of dept etc to sign off on it, there is no actual fairness. So, most mothers (though this is not a criticism of them) they are usually given preference to have some wfh days or wfh remotely. One colleague (male, parent) asked for one extra day and had the whole meeting with HR and his mgr being a jobsworth that he is configured round HR and didn't even bother trying to argue or look after his male staff colleague... Other senior level people can have backward (elitist) attitudes - one senior level person has a stay at home husband, but viewed anybody else (besides her) shouldn't be working from home. Another senior level person, her subordinate colleague asked to wfh, so she could visit her husband in hospital; she was told she had to come into the office (2hr plus journey). Obviously you cannot go to anybody else to argue your point with the so called 'togetherness' nonsense culture they love to talk about. People are quick to be looking at what others are doing, running off to complain to managers to get one over on other colleagues. Other depts have much more flexible wfh than at least one dept. Also, when PRA went into partnership with another company, a lot of staff left, so they have empty seats/space in some areas. They have a hot desk zone, yet if you were to sit away from your team whatever the reason, again people are busy zoning on where you are sitting or the manager being a joke, bullies people into sitting with the rest of the team, as if it's a life or death situation. If you are a graduate, you can go far in PRA if you are outside of the system, they are not interested in promoting or encouraging you. PRA have no budget to do video calls, yet they spend money on sending mgrs, directors on flights to EU, USA, UK etc. Stop sending people overseas who don't need to, invest in video technology which bring down some of your overheads!

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    PRA Health Sciences2019-08-02
  8. "Overall good company"

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    Current Employee - Principal Process Analyst 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible working Good work life balance Good pipeline

    Cons

    Micromanagement environment makes progress slow

    PRA Health Sciences2019-07-15
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Inconsistencies"

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    Current Employee - Project Associate in Swansea, Wales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some very good, supportive managers/directors Support systems in place for employees - SMEs, Mentors etc Varying routes of progression

    Cons

    Inconsistency in salary/benefits Experiencing constant, high levels of change

    Advice to Management

    Remain loyal to employees, review salaries and promotion opportunities before externally hiring

    PRA Health Sciences2019-07-09
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Disorganized and frenetic."

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    Former Employee - Clinical Systems Designer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary maybe, but it's blood money.

    Cons

    Disorganized, crazy environment where being more tired, miserable and overworked than you thought was possible is normalized and you can't do a damn thing about it.

    Advice to Management

    Ask your workers what to change, not management - they don't know.

    PRA Health Sciences2019-07-29
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